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To get some audiobooks, you’ve got to be blind

USA Today – “Generations of young people have thrilled to the crackling wit of Holden Caulfield, the teenage narrator of The Catcher in the Rye. But if you want to hear an authorized audiobook of J.D. Salinger’s seminal 1951 novel, you’ll need what amounts to a doctor’s prescription. Salinger died in 2010, without relinquishing the rights for an audio recording. But U.S. copyright law grants the Library of Congress permission to produce an audio recording or Braille edition of any published work for the blind and physically handicapped, provided the book is distributed free, unabridged and, in the case of recordings, on special digital playback equipment.”

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Popular Author’s Audiobook Tries a New Format: Vinyl

NYT – “It is all the more odd, then, that Hachette Audio recently announced that the latest audiobook by David Sedaris, “Live for Your Listening Pleasure,” which features readings before audiences, would be available on the least portable of formats: vinyl. Reminiscent of Blue Note albums from the 1950s and 1960s, the cover features a photograph of a woman sprawled on a white shag rug with a come-hither look, albums strewn about.”

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The perils of audiobooks

Jacket Copy – “Maybe it’s because I like reading printed words so much, but I find myself persnickety about audiobooks. Even those that are free — some LibriVox recordings of works in the public domain are marvelous (I’m a big fan of one reader from Florida), but others are severely lacking.”

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How many pages is your commute?

Jacket Copy – “The good news is that the only American city with a long enough annual commute to hear the complete unabridged audiobook of “War and Peace” is Los Angeles.

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County orders library audio books English-only

WTOP:  “The Frederick County Commissioners will not pay for audio library books in a language other than English, unless the book is teaching that language.”

Wow. 

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